Students will be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to understand and appreciate Shakespeare's works.
This course is designed as an introduction to Shakespeare. By reading famous speeches, soliloquies, dialogues, and poems written by Shakespeare, we will be acquainted with his dramatic techniques and philosophies, especially the ways in which he uses the language to communicate with his audience. Attention will also be paid to filmic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, in which we will experience the power and effect of Shakespeare's language in performance.
Handouts to be distributed in class
To be introduced in class
Regular attendance and active participation. Students should come to each class prepared and ready to discuss the assigned material.
Attendance, homework and in-class assignments, quizzes, oral presentations and/or term paper
１．Introduction: What does Shakespeare mean to us? ２．Shakespeare's life and times (1): Who is Shakespeare? ３．Shakespeare's life and times (2): Historical and cultural background ４．Introduction to Shakespeare's language (1): Prose and verse ５．Introduction to Shakespeare's language (2): Blank verse ６．Language in theater: Soliloquies, asides, dialogues ７．Language of persuasion (1): Henry V ８．Language of persuasion (2): The Merchant of Venice ９．Language of love (1): The Sonnets 10．Language of love (2): Romeo and Juliet 11．Language of love (3): Romeo and Juliet (continued) 12．Language of thought (1): Hamlet 13．Language of thought (2): Hamlet (continued) 14．Student presentations 15．Tentative conclusion
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